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News Briefs: Anna Kendrick Says She Could Be Marvel's 'Squirrel Girl'

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 20:11

Squirrel Girl: Anna Kendrick, who costars in this week's Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (above left), says in a new interview: "My brother sent me a Squirrel Girl comic because he thinks I should [play her]. I don't know what Squirrel Girl does other than be half squirrel, but I could be half squirrel!" First appearing in Marvel comics in 1992, Doreen Green, aka Squirrel Girl, is a mutant who soon earned a reputation as the greatest protector of New York's Central Park....

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Steven Spielberg, on the Technology Behind ‘The BFG’ – and His First-Ever Fart Joke

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 09:16

Audiences are in for a big treat (make that a really big treat) when Steven Spielberg’s The BFG hits theaters this 4th of July weekend. Bringing together the talents of three of the world’s greatest dreamers — Spielberg, Walt Disney and Roald Dahl —the movie mixes tender storytelling, great performances and never-before-seen special effects to create a larger than life wonder that’s giant fun for the whole family.  Based on the Dahl classic, The BFG...

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'Why Him?" Trailer: James Franco in Another Classic Weird Performance?

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 06:25

James Franco is maybe a little too good at playing tattooed weirdos. His Alien was one of the best parts of Spring Breakers and it seems like he's tapped into some of that magic for the new comedy Why Him? In it he plays an eccentric, tattooed Internet zillionaire who begins dating the straitlaced daughter (Zoey Deutch) of a grumpy, traditional father played by Bryan Cranston. Cranston immediately bristles at the idea of his daughter dating such a guy, so you can imagine that the...

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'Why Him?" Trailer: Bryan Cranston Cannot Stand James Franco Dating His Daughter

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 06:25

James Franco is maybe a little too good at playing tattooed weirdos. His Alien was one of the best parts of Spring Breakers and it seems like he's tapped into some of that magic for the new comedy Why Him? In it he plays an eccentric Internet zillionaire who begins dating the straight-laced daughter (Zoey Deutch) of a very grumpy, very traditional father played by Bryan Cranston. Cranston immediately bristles at the idea of his daughter dating such a personality, so you can imagine...

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Disney Makes 'Wreck-It Ralph 2' Official

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 06:23

Last summer John C. Reilly casually mentioned in an interview that he had recently signed on to be in Wreck-It Ralph 2. He probably then got quite a few calls from Disney Animation asking politely for him to stop talking about a sequel they hadn't even announced yet. We then went another 12 months with tidbits teasing a sequel to the hit movie about the secret lives of video game avatars, but nothing unofficial. Until today. The people at Walt Disney Animation Studios officially...

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Peter Jackson Is Making a Secret Amblin Movie for Steven Spielberg

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 06:15

When the folks at Movies.com spoke to Kristie Macosko Krieger, Steven Spielberg's producer, last year for Bridge of Spies they asked if we'd ever see the promised sequel to The Adventures of Tintin. At the time she said, "I think we will. Peter Jackson will direct the next Tintin, they are working on the story. We don't know when it will happen, but the hope and the prayer is to make Tintin 2. But it's up to Peter Jackson. Peter's directing it and Steven is...

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'Pacific Rim 2' Nabs Release Date; Scott Eastwood Touted for Key Role

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 06:12

Less than a month ago, we heard that John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) had been cast in Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's blockbuster about giant robots doing battle with giant monsters. Boyega will be portraying the son of the character played by Idris Elba in the first movie. As we noted at the time, Boyega's casting served as an announcement that the movie was ready to move forward. A release date has now been set for Pacific Rim 2 and it's even sooner...

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News Briefs: New Look at 'X-Men' Series 'Legion'

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 20:42

Legion: Dan Stevens (The Guest) is featured in a new photo from upcoming television series Legion. Stevens plays David Haller, a mutant dealing with schizophrenia. In the Marvel comic book series New Mutants, the character is the son of Professor Charles Xavier. Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart and Rachel Keller also star. The series will "likely feature all-new characters from the X-Men universe." Noah Hawley (TV's Fargo) wrote the pilot episode and will serve as showrunner for...

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Why The BFG Is Roald Dahl’s Most Important Story Ever

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 15:08

Roald Dahl’s books have been a constant source of cinematic inspiration -- count Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach among them -- but with Steven Spielberg’s interpretation of The BFG, we’re reminded of us just how significant that novel is. In fact, it may be his most important work of all (and was said to be the author’s favorite) -- here’s why. It was his most personal work. Roald Dahl dedicated...

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QUIZ: Which Movie Pet Should Belong to You?

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 10:25

  As The Secret Life of Pets opens, about what our pets do when we’re not around, we want to know: what animated animal should be your furry (or feathered) companion?    

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Exclusive: 'Everybody Wants Some!!' Cast Explains Their '80s Crash Education

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 09:00

For years Richard Linklater, the director of Boyhood and Before Midnight, has talked about wanting to make a sequel to one of his most beloved movies, 1993's Dazed and Confused. He wasn't talking about making a literal sequel with the same characters, though. Linklater instead wanted to make a spiritual sequel that would do for the '80s what Dazed and Confused did for the '70s. Everybody Wants Some!! is that movie. It's a comedy about...

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'Bad Moms': Tickets Now Available, and Check Out the Hilarious New Trailer

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 08:00

Ready for the mother of all parties? Then throw responsibility to the wind and get your tickets now for Bad Moms, starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn as three moms totally fed up with their never-ending duties at home and the school PTA b****es making constant demands: Kunis is Amy, the working mom trying to do it all; Bell is Kiki, a stay-at-home mom homeschooling four kids with a bully for a husband; Hahn is Carla, a single mom who's just -- well, crazy. When the PTA's...

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Watch Tom Hanks As Hero Pilot in First Trailer for Clint Eastwood's 'Sully'

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 06:07

Over a career that has stretched more than 35 years, Tom Hanks has acted in dozens of movies and television shows, yet he has never crossed paths with the legendary Clint Eastwood for a big-screen production -- until now. The two have teamed for Sully, an adaptation of the biography Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters by Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. Sullenberger is the pilot who landed a jet in New York's Hudson River back in 2009, saving the...

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Miles Teller Weighs in for Oscar Contention with 'Bleed for This' Trailer

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 06:04

The trailer for the next great boxing movie has arrived, and it's a knockout. Miles Teller stars in Bleed for This as real-life champ Vinny Pazienza, aka Vinny Paz, "The Pazmanian Devil," and he could be a contender for an Oscar if this first spot is any indication. The sports biopic offers the actor an awards-baiting premise of a critically injured athlete defeating all odds to make an inspiring comeback. And with Ben Younger (Boiler Room) at the helm, with his...

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'Viral' Trailer: Teens Party While a Freaky Worm Flu Tears the World Apart

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 06:03

Pop quiz: A deadly virus with the super-pleasant name of "worm flu" is spreading around. The media is freaking out. People you know start to get infected. The government quarantines your small town and your one parent is trapped outside the quarantine zone. Do you: A) Stay safely inside your house. B) Sneak out of your house so you can go to a party in the heart of the quarantine zone. If you chose B, congratulations, you're one of the silly teenagers in the...

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Watch Matt Damon Trick People into Becoming Jason Bourne-like Spies

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 06:00

What if some stranger dropped a phone in your lap, told you to answer it and took off? Would you answer it? And what if the person on the other end began giving you a specific set of instructions that involved retrieving packages from a mysterious dude standing on a bridge? Would you do it? That's the prank Matt Damon pulled off on a group of unsuspecting individuals as part of a new Omaze contest tied to his upcoming Jason Bourne, due out July 29. For a $10 donation to...

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News Briefs: See Vinnie Jones, Julianne Moore in 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 20:44

Kingsman: The Golden Circle: Vinnie Jones, known for playing a series of villainous roles, looks quite happy with Julianne Moore on the set of Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Jones announced his pleasure at reuniting with director Matthew Vaughn for the movie because Vaughn cast Jones in his first role in 1999's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The Kingsman sequel is scheduled for theatrical release on June 16, 2017. [Twitter via Coming Soon]   Jesus VR - The Story of...

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'Trolls': Check Out the New Trailer for the Irreverent Animated Movie

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 08:00

Remember trolls, those ugly-cute little dolls you had as a kid... the ones with the wild, multicolored hair and distinctive, beauty-is-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder facial features? They're getting a new movie called -- well, Trolls, and it stars Justin Timberlake as the cynical Branch and Anna Kendrick as perennial optimist Poppy.  Six years in the making, this film from DreamWorks Animation gives the iconic creatures a decidedly modern twist. During a recent interview,...

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Art House Theater Day: It's Like Free Comic Book Day, but for Movies

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 06:19

For movie fans, every Friday is like a holiday focused on celebrating cinema. And some Wednesdays. And Thursday nights. Tuesdays are also special occasions because that's when films release on DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms. Then there's Oscar night, any film festival opening, and plenty more moments for our thing to be the biggest thing. But we'll still take another more specific opportunity to acknowledge and champion our beloved past time of moviegoing and viewing. This...

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A New Version of the Classic Samurai Movie 'Lone Wolf and Cub' Is on Its Way

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 06:16

Back in 2012, Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) was attached to direct a new big-screen version of Lone Wolf and Cub, an iconic Japanese manga about an honorable executioner whose family, except for his newborn son, is killed. The executioner is falsely accused of being a traitor and becomes an assassin, while caring for his infant son and seeking justice. First published in 1970, the manga became immensely popular in Japan. It's an epic story, told over 28 volumes by writer Kazuo Koike...

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